A Poem of Courage

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Beckon the Slayer

Sight unseen, but present still, the gremlins lurk about

causing pain and stifled dreams. Do they deserve such clout?

Shut them down and stomp them out. It’s worthy of your time.

Act right now, do not delay…to do so is a crime.

Don’t let your fears hold you back. Face them to back them down.

You’ll gain momentum quickly. Your dreams will soon astound!

Written by: Tyna S Cline ©7/22/14

A Funny Thing Happened…

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On the way to the farmers market this morning, having just crossed 42nd Street, an approaching man said something that I didn’t quite catch. He was carrying a plastic bag full of groceries in one hand and a liter of soda in the other. He looked like a strange cross between Doc Brown and Kramer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was looking right at me with his eyes wide, so I knew he was talking to me.

“Excuse me?” I asked, to which he responded, “Can I get to know you?”

As I continued walking, I responded politely and with a forced hint of a smile, “Ah, no thank you.”

I am not sure which I find more disconcerting…the weird guy, or the fact that I am so strongly steeped in polite behavior.

Longest Trip to Date: A Brief Synopsis

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It has been 29 days since my last post and today is the 29th, making it the perfect day to begin again.

First of all, I do realize that using brief as an adjective for synopsis is redundant, but I like the way it sounds, so it stays. (This is one of the glorious things about not having an editor.) Besides, who’s to say that the subject of this post isn’t underwear? It’s not, but you didn’t know that for sure until now. 

I was away most of the month of May, visiting the Land of Lincoln with a quick side trip to the Badger State…more commonly known as Cheesehead territory. It was a much-needed trip for my mind, body and spirit. I was able to clear my head of the never-ending noises of New York City. I got grass under my feet, fresh air in my lungs, and bear hugs from people near and dear to me, all of which filled my heart to near maximum capacity. My soul is refreshed and ready for another NYC summer.

Now, for that brief synopsis I promised. Did I mention that it involved photos?

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My brother and sister-in-law are in the process of converting a church into their new home. If that’s not impressive enough, they got creative with the kitchen floor. Yes, that Jackson Pollock-esque picture is a small section of their kitchen floor. It looks way, way cool in person. Well done, Tim and Vickie! I can hardly wait to see your church/home (chome?) when it’s finished!

frodo

For a brief moment, I imagined myself on a journey with a very tall version of Frodo, as I walked behind my son on a suspension bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

backdoor

I used the back door, twice.

grave

I explored graveyards and wondered if distant relatives of my husband once lived in my hometown.

As he's been doing for me since my first trip to his tomb many years ago, Abe Lincoln offered up his bronze nose to rub for good luck. By now, he must be wondering how much luck one person needs in a lifetime.

Abe Lincoln offered up his bronze nose to rub for good luck. Throughout the years, I’ve rubbed it more than a few times. By now, he must be wondering how much luck one person really needs.

Strange as it may be, a visit to Lincoln's Tomb never fails to bring me comfort.

Strange as it may be, a visit to Lincoln’s Tomb never fails to bring me comfort.

In Chicago, the AON building is known as Big Red. I stumbled upon this fantastic  place somewhere in River North. I've dubbed it, "Little Red."

In Chicago, the AON building is known as Big Red. I stumbled upon this fantastic place somewhere in River North. I’ve dubbed it, “Little Red.”

Millennium Park is home of The Cloud Gate, a.k.a. the bean. The beautiful images never get old.

Millennium Park is home of The Cloud Gate, a.k.a. the bean. The beautiful images never get old.

 

 

The fun of the bean is also never-ending. "Help! The bean has fallen on me and I can't get up!"

The fun of the bean is also never-ending. “Help! The bean has fallen on me and I can’t get up!”

 

My husband and I took our first carriage ride when we were in Wisconsin. Bonnie and Clyde were lovely escorts for the ride back to the inn.

My husband and I took our first carriage ride when we were in Wisconsin. Bonnie and Clyde were lovely escorts for the ride back to the inn.

Finding this hidden stairway was the highlight of my trip to Wisconsin. It felt enchanted.

Finding this hidden stairway was the highlight of my trip to Wisconsin. It felt enchanted.

That’s it in a nutshell. There was so much more, but I can’t cram it all in one post. I’ve spared the personal stories of the many friends and family members that I visited. It was terrific in every way, as you would expect.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention… exactly 10 months to the day… I drove a car! More than once! It. Was. Heavenly. I can confirm that we could easily replace “riding a bike” with “driving a car.” You don’t forget how to do it; it was like slipping on an old, favorite pair of slippers.

One more thing… XM Radio now has a Billy Joel Channel! (I told you it was heavenly.) Now, if I can only convince them to add a Dan Fogelberg Channel…that would be heaven.

 

 

 

Inspired Short Fiction

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I’ve gotta’ be honest…since discovering the National Day Calendar website last week, I’ve become a bit obsessed. It’s a slight bit of fun to find out what is being recognized each day. Yesterday, we were encouraged to bow down to zippers and shrimp scampi, but I failed the mission. My attire yielded only buttons and I no longer eat shrimp. I think, however, that I’ve made up for it today.

I found inspiration in the 6 (yes…6) subjects that mark April 30 as a day of awareness. For your entertainment, I have written a brief fictional story to hail the worthy topics. Before I reveal them, see if you can pick them out of the line-up.


Elmer Fudd hears a knock at his door and is in total shock when he opens it to find Bugs Bunny. To further his confusion, he notes that Bugs is not chomping on his trademark carrot.

“What are you doing here, you wascally wabbit?” asks Elmer as he reaches for his shotgun.

Bugs replies, “Ehh, I gotta’ be honest, Doc. I’ve just come from the doctor and he says I have a nasty case of sarcoidosis. I decided right then and there, it’s high time I live life to the fullest. So, I have a proposition for you. How’s about you bake me a big batch of oatmeal cookies…with raisins…and I promise I’ll never steal another carrot from your garden?”

Elmer thinks for only a moment before thrusting his hand forward to shake on it. “Deal! I’ll get started wight away!”

Before turning to leave, Bugs adds, “Oh…and one more thing. I’d advise you run down to the shelter and adopt a dog to guard your garden. After all, I may have good intentions but…it’s in my nature.”


Do you think you guessed all 6 correctly?

-National Bugs Bunny Day

-National Honesty Day

-National Sarcoidosis Day

-National Oatmeal Cookie Day

-National Raisin Day

-National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Responsibility…Take Some

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I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.

-Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997)

I’ve just ordered Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for MeaningI then did some additional searching on him and stumbled upon the above quote at brainyquote.com. I was already excited to read this man’s book; now, I’m super excited. He was obviously a genius.

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